Amour starts with a scene, already depicting the emotions you are going to experience as the film progresses. We have two main characters, Anne and Georges. They are both written, acted, and directed so well, that there interactions with each other, seems so real. The movie has a constant pace, and for 2 hours, it felt like a 1 hour and 30 minute film. Haneke's direction is so simple, yet so great, it moves the movie in an unparalleled, almost unprecedented way, that it is surprising he didn't get an oscar for his effort. (But awards are awards, and doesn't mean a thing.)
The movie has no music, and we only get short bursts of it, whenever the characters use instruments or listen. And the movie requires no music. Their interactions with their environment is the score itself. The touch of materials, the footsteps, them talking, is like little fragments of music, rupturing in our ears.
There are scenes in particular, involving a bird, Georges, and a window. Now these scenes are beautiful, and for me personally, describes how desolate their house has become. How barren things have turned, since Anne's sickness, and death.
This movie is definite must-see, and I recommend to anyone. We need more movies like this. Please, watch it!
Then, something happens, and the film changes to just boring. It keeps this state to the end. Even what, I suppose, are strong scenes (there is a murder, at one point), did not raise any emotion in me. And, about at half, I decided to help with some wine (Bardolino Chiaretto, yes, I am from Italy). But, despite the good qualities of this wine renowned for bringing merry mood, nothing happened.
If it were not for Lost in Translation, I would consider this the most boring movie I have ever seen.
However, it is depressive.
I am quite surprised it premiered at Cannes, because there is no sex at all.
I did not like it.
Lovely in every way. Superbly acted, superbly directed. Slow, in a way I guess, but I never found it boring. Simple but perfected, it's in no way unreal - it's very honest. No shots are unnecessary. Not even two seconds of the film. Impressive since it's all shot in a few rooms of a house. loads of great scenes, I dig the pigeon scene especially. It makes you think afterwards. Was it really a love story? What about the crimes? Death versus dying? Fantastic.
Many people would say it's super sad. Well, I think not. It's emotional all right, but it's a very natural and beautiful film. No dramatic or true sentimental stuff are shown. It's an honouring of love in a way.
Huppert is there of course, but there are really just two actors here. They really deliver. One of my top three Haneke's, maybe even my favorite. It has more warmth than his other flicks, still it's a classic Haneke. Surely one of the best films of 2012.
I wanted to learn how to play the piano after watching this. Piano teachers better have their phones plugged in.
9.5 out of 10 pigeons.